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Collection: The Law, Crime and Punishment
"Shot and Killed."
A January 10, 1880 report of the alleged shooting and killing of local mechanic Thomas Faulkner at Crittenden's Crossroads (now Elgin Crossroads) in East Lauderdale County, by African-American John Williams. Nothing further is known of this case.
"Catch the Thief!"
A January 24, 1880 Florence Gazette report of the theft on Saturday night, January 18, of $95, $6 in silver, a pair of pants, a shawl, bridle and saddle and a sorrel horse from JC Myrick of Cowpen (near Greenhill) in Lauderdale County, by…
Shooting of Lauderdale County black resident Pugh Reynolds
A November 11, 1880 North Alabamian notice of the shooting of Pugh Reynolds by his unnamed uncle, as well as the unrelated shooting of black resident Fount Turpin by an unknown person or persons.
Waterloo Resident Fount Turpin Killed by an Unknown Party
Three brief November and December, 1880 newspaper notices reporting the murder of African-American Waterloo, Alabama resident Fountain "Fount" Turpin by an unknown party.
Fountain Turpin was born in Alabama ca. 1833. His wife's name was Mary (ca.…
A Drunken Mark Williams Shoots at a Young Man Named Newton
A November 27, 1880 newspaper article noting that "on last Wednesday" a black man named Mark Williams took a shot at a young man named Newton (which missed him).
The Fatal Shooting of Henry Austin by Willis Williams
Two reports of the November, 1880 fatal shooting of black resident Henry Austin by fellow black resident Willis Williams on the Dr. Neal Rowell place, near the Bend of the River in Lauderdale County.
The Killing of Robert "Bob" Vaughn by Cad Brown at Oakland and Brown's Subsequent Trial and Sentencing
A series of Florence newspaper articles reporting the December 1889 killing by white resident of Oakland Robert "Bob" Vaughn by African-American Cad Brown at a Negro supper and dance held at a house in Oakland and Brown's subsequent Florence trial…
The Capture, Arrest, Trial and Sentencing of Matt Jenkins for Grand Larceny in 1890
Three Florence Herald articles from February and March, 1890 reporting on the escape, capture and extradition back to Florence from Memphis of African-American Matt Jenkins, charged with grand larceny.
Jenkins refused to return to Florence from…
An August 13, 1890 Florence Herald report of a garnishment suit involving African-Americans Abe Reynolds vs. Dave Wooten to recover wages from JP Witherow & Co., the contractors for the Philadelphia Furnace, for a "board bill."
Francis Utman Escorted to the Bryce Insane Asylum at Tuscaloosa, Alabama by Lauderdale County Deputy Sheriff Joe Hines
A Thursday, August 28, 1890 Florence Banner report that African-American resident Francis Utman was escorted to the Bryce Insane Asylum at Tuscaloosa by Deputy Sheriff Joe Hines.